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Brendan Haywood, Stephon Marbury and the G Word

Brendan Haywood's comments about Stephon Marbury have gotten a fair bit of attention this afternoon. There's one objectionable line. The rest of it seems fairly accurate. Here's Haywood, on Marbury's Internet conquests.

"At first it was cool, but after a while it just became disturbing.

True.

He's on YouTube crying with no shirt on for no reason, sweating while his boy's rubbing his shoulders. What's that about?

Fair question.

That's like gay porn.

Objection, irrelevant to the argument. Sustained.

"I don't understand it. He's dancing to a song called 'Barbie Doll', doing like stripper moves.

True.

I have no idea what's going on with the guy, it's almost like he's trying to end his own career.

True.

There's not a GM out there that would touch Marbury right now...

True.

Have you seen the 'Barbie Doll' clip? Click on YouTube and go to Barbie Doll.

Please do.

There's no way any other professional athletes would wanna get dressed around this guy, because you gotta think something is a little, he's swinging from both sides of the fence."

Whoa whoa whoa. Nope, no good.

Say he's different, say he's sabotaging his career, say he's full of strange surprises. Say, "Jeez, those jeans are pretty tight." Hell, say "I think he might be gay," if that really matters to you. But to say no other professional athlete would want to get dressed around this guy.....well, when a high-profile pro athlete finally comes out, what then? Are we going to create separate dressing areas? Don't ask don't tell rules? Blinders for those people to shield their eyes from the temptatious bodies of their teammates? Next time, just stop at "What's that about?" and move on to talking about the Wizards.

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By Dan Steinberg  |  August 17, 2009; 1:31 PM ET
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Comments

*Checks calendar*

Nope still not football season yet.

Posted by: OwlWiz | August 17, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Haywood's comments were immature and homophobic, and went over the line. I hoped for some smarter commentary, but then again they kept BTH and dumped Etan, didn't they.

Marbury, sadly, seems more psychotic, than anything else. Like Britney Spears in her drugged out psychosis meltdown days. Too bad that Haywood confused crazy with gay.

Posted by: emrj | August 17, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

[Trying desperately to try to change the focus of future bog entries...]

Anybody else think it's a good idea to see what Colt Brennan has this year?

And, should we trade Gil Arenas for LeBron James "straight up"?

I think Skins should go after Pacman Jones... discuss...

Posted by: law3 | August 17, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse


Haywood = Failure

Posted by: popopo | August 17, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Homophobic? Yes. Honest? Yes. I'm struggling to see how being homophobic and honest is worse than being homophobic alone.

Posted by: Tank2 | August 17, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Homophobia is inexcusable in any context. Haywood doesn't deserve any credit or even forgiveness for being honest- he deserves to be criticized for his bigotry.

Almost all of us would be disciplined or outright fired for discriminating against someone we work with on the basis of their sexual preference. Haywood should be held to the same standards as everyone else, especially if he's going to start expecting us to listen to his opinion about everything.

In all the years of his yapping, I don't recall him saying anything like this. So maybe he deserves the benefit of the doubt. But he should clarify (and apologize for) his remarks. I am a fan of his, and I'm disappointed by what he has said. I don't think I'm alone.

Well, maybe I'm alone on the fan bit. Heyo!

Posted by: bryc3 | August 17, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

People are, or are not, homophobic. As a black person, I can tell you that the black people I know, as a group, are way more homophobic than the white people I know, as a group. So if you want to say that predominantly-black NBA players are, as a group, homophobic, I'm not surprised. Doesn't make it right, by any means. But that is the way it is.

And judging by the (lack of) support for gay marriage, he's not alone. Look how mush mouthed libs like Martin O'Malley and Barack Obama get on the subject. (Personally, I'm way for it; I have several close friends who are gay and married, and my view is pretty much Lewis Black's.) Not exactly profiles in courage when it comes to gay marriage. There are still racists in this country, so you know there are homophobes.

So really, you'd be attacking Haywood for uttering a fact -- that many/most professional athletes are homophobic. He didn't say HE had a problem, he said "any other professional athletes"; if you're going to attack him for what he said, look at what he said.

Posted by: gbooksdc | August 17, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Haywood's comments were immature and homophobic, and went over the line.

Posted by: emrj | August 17, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Homophobia is a made up word by the gay and lesbian lobby used against those they perceive to be anti-gay in any way, shape, or form. It's a ridiculous word and should be taken out of the English language. It's actual definition is a "fear of homosexuals" which, again, is ridiculous.

Most people who are labeled "homophobic" do not "fear" homosexuals. They may have animosity towards gays, but they do not "fear" them. Again, it's a ridiculous word with a ridiculous meaning.

Certainly, Brendan Haywood did not demonstrate a "fear" of homosexuals with his comment.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 17, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

I dunno, Barno1, seems like Haywood was suggesting that be'd afraid to get dressed next to Marbury.

Posted by: emrj | August 18, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Truly dumb; hopefully this will curb Brenda's presence on 106.7.

I guarantee old BTH has heard plenty of 'homo-phobic' slurs thrown his way on the court--I know my TV has.

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | August 18, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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